Sunday, July 5th, 2020, Dominion Energy and Duke Energy announced they would cancel the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and we at Sound Rivers are overjoyed at this wonderful news that will keep your waterways out of danger from this project. This pipeline was not needed to meet the energy demands of North Carolinians. It would have further entrenched the fossil fuel industry and contributed to climate change in a state where the threat of hurricanes serves as a constant reminder of the climate crisis. It would have overburdened communities of color with the dangers and pollution that come along with having pipelines run through and compressor stations placed in your communities. The clearing of land and constructing through rivers and streams would have devastated the natural environment. Duke and Dominion’s cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a huge win for so many across North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Jill Howell, Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper